A disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign has ended with the Polish national team in search of a new manager. Waldemar Fornalik has been fired and Polish FA president Zbigniew Boniek will need to fill his post. Mr Boniek announced last week that he has already made a decision, and will reveal the name of the new manager within the next couple of weeks.
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Judging by Mr Boniek’s words, the new man in charge of the national team should be Polish (but not necessarily), experienced but also hungry for success, respected by his players, and have good communications skills. All combined, it’s nearly impossible to find anyone who meets all the criteria.
Pundits and experts have their own favorites, but all of the Polish coaches out there have their own drawbacks. One name surfaces the most however: Adam Nawałka, the coach of Górnik Zabrze.
Mr Nawałka is respected by his peers for pushing his team, which comprises mostly mediocre players and is marred by financial problems, to the limit. While he has yet to win any trophy with Górnik Zabrze, the team usually finishes the season in a far better position than had been expected.
But what works for the provincial side might not work for the national team.
Mr Nawałka’s biggest shortcoming would be his personality and communication skills. He rarely gives interviews, and he doesn’t like his players giving them either. He’s known for his short temper and peremptory personality. His training sessions are meticulously detailed; even the water breaks are planned down to the second.
However, what may work in a club with young players who don’t know any better likely will not work for big-star celebrities playing for top European teams. It’s hard to imagine Mr Nawałka screaming at the top of his lungs at Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski for missing a shot. It would be more likely to result in ridicule than respect.
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